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    Ogre in the Playground
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    Question Magic Item Creation

    When creating a magic item besides a wand, staff, or scroll, or an item that casts a particular spell, do you have to have the exact spell, or could you substitute a similar spell of equal or higher level? For example, to craft a Frost weapon, you need either Chill Metal or Ice Storm. But could someone use Cone of Cold instead?

    Also, can you cast the spell from a scroll while crafting or do you actually have to know it and be able to cast it repeatedly?

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    Default Re: Magic Item Creation

    Quote Originally Posted by Starsinger View Post
    When creating a magic item besides a wand, staff, or scroll, or an item that casts a particular spell, do you have to have the exact spell, or could you substitute a similar spell of equal or higher level? For example, to craft a Frost weapon, you need either Chill Metal or Ice Storm. But could someone use Cone of Cold instead?
    By the rules, no. If it says Chill Metal, then Chill Metal is what you have to cast.

    Quote Originally Posted by Starsinger View Post
    Also, can you cast the spell from a scroll while crafting or do you actually have to know it and be able to cast it repeatedly?
    You can get the spell from any source, as long as you cast it every day of the creation process, which might mean going through a lot of scrolls.

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    Ogre in the Playground
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    Default Re: Magic Item Creation

    Well... that's just stupid. Thanks Saph :)

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    Default Re: Magic Item Creation

    Well, since the rules to creating magical items are really only guidelines, it wouldn't be out of the question to ask your DM about it; Cone of Cold for a frost weapon doesn't seem all that bad, for instance, I'd probably allow it.

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    Default Re: Magic Item Creation

    No, the rules for making custom items are only guidelines. The rules for making an existing magic item are rules.

    But yeah, it's not an unreasonable request to ask the DM.
    Last edited by OzymandiasVolt; 2007-04-26 at 09:59 AM.
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    Ogre in the Playground
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    Default Re: Magic Item Creation

    You can also have someone else cast it for you. It may be someone from your group, or you can hire someone, although you technically doesn't really "cast" it, as in, there's not material component or XP cost to the caster casting the spell. All costs go to the guy making the item.

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